Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
. Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
. Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station
. And Forest Whitaker for Lee Daniel's The Butler
These are four black actors generating serious Oscar buzz --
and if the predictions are right, we may see more black Academy Award nominees in a single year than ever before. The possibility has many celebrating, but others argue that Hollywood continues to pigeonhole black talent.
Huffington Post's Kia Makarechi
argues, "the fact that [actors of
colour are] generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not
have been given to white actors is cause for concern."
He joins Jian to discuss what he sees as Hollywood's race problem
why it's even worse for leading black actresses, and what it might take
for films and film awards to equally recognize all actors.